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PhD researcher at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics group at ETH Zürich, due to complete in the fall of 2022.

Institute of Geophysics, NO H25,
ETH Zürich, Sonneggstrasse 5,
8092 Zürich, Switzerland

I study geodynamic processes of planetary interiors across the scales, using numerical models. In particular, my interest lies in putting geophysical, geological and cosmo-/geochemical observations in a geodynamically-coherent framework. My research focusses on, but is not restricted to, the composition and dynamics of the deep Earth, and its control on our planet’s long-term evolution. 

I have a strong interest in science communication, outreach, and equality. This is reflected in my roles in the Geodynamics division (GD) of the European Geosciences Union: I’m an editor for the GD blog website, and represent all GD Early Career Scientists (ECS) as the ECS Representative. I aim to contribute to a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for young scientists. 



A summary of my current and previous research projects, involving the deep Earth, Venus, and tectonic plate boundaries

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Publications, seminars,
and conferences

Full list of my peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, contributions to conferences and workshops, and media coverage

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My written and edited outreach articles, related to science communication and thriving/surviving in the academic world


PhD researcher

ETH Zürich - Institute of Geophysics


Thesis: Evolution and dynamics of chemical and rheological heterogeneity in Earth’s lower mantle 
Advisors: M. Ballmer and P. Tackley

MSc. Earth Sciences: Geophysics

ETH Zürich - Institute of Geophysics


MSc thesis: Plume penetration into Venusian lithosphere and the origin of coronae: 3D thermomechanical modelling
Advisors: T. Gerya and L. Montési

MSc research project: The formation of oceanic detachment faults and their influence on intra-oceanic subduction initiation 
Advisors: T. Gerya and S. Beaussier

BSc. Earth Sciences

Utrecht University - Earth Sciences Department - Paleomagnetic Laboratory


BSc thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach
Advisor: L. de Groot

Awards and grants



Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly, Geodynamics division (2019)


Receiving the award during our graduation ceremony, ETH Zürich.

ETH MSc thesis Medal

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich
(October 2018)



ETH Master Scholarship

Excellence Master Scholarship for my MSc programme at ETH Zürich (2016-2018)


Molengraaff Fund

TU Delft Fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis project in the Azores (May 2016)